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This article was published on April 13, 2012

Here’s what Google would’ve looked like had it been a BBS in the 80’s

Here’s what Google would’ve looked like had it been a BBS in the 80’s
Drew Olanoff
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Before there was HTML5, Flash, and even web browsers, there was the wonder that is the BBS. If you’re too young to remember what a BBS is, it stands for Bulletin Board System, and was the way that most of us got our start on the “Internet”.

Using terminal software, you’d dial a number that would connect to the BBS, which usually had only one or two phone lines, which made interacting in real-time nearly impossible.

One brilliant developer has put together an emulator of one such terminal, which “logs into” a somewhat functional version of Google. This thing is complete with modem sounds that will bring you right back to 1989.

If you’re ready for a walk down memory lane, or want to show the “kids” what the Internet used to be, head on over and have a play.

Google BBS Terminal